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Julian Niemcewicz in Elizabethtown, NJ wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to New York, NY. The letter discussed the activities from the perspective of Julian as he maintained Susan's garden back home. He was primarily worried about the security of the plants and tried to take care of this situation by purchasing a lock for the gate surrounding them. Interestingly, he even talked about building a wall to protect them if necessary and compared it to The Great Wall of China. Toward the bottom of the first page he wrote, "The large gate must also be mended, & if I get the smallest remittance from home, my first care will be to build a wall from the east, a wall like that, which protected China from the invasion of Tartars." The remaining contents of the letter informed Susan on the arrival and departure of various town residents and other news related to the area.


Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758-184)

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841)


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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Elizabethtown, NJ


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Julian Niemcewicz to Susan Kean, May 7, 1800


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